Deputy Commissioner of Police in Nigeria, Abba Kyari, has denied collecting money from Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi, to arrest and jail an estranged ‘co-conspirator,’ Chibuzo Vincent.
He said this while reacting to an allegation levelled against him by the United States Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California.
The court said Hushpuppi, who pleaded guilty to various charges, including money laundering, wire fraud, and felony, among others, used Kyari, a leader of the Inspector-General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team, to jail Vincent.
The allegation was made in a statement released on Wednesday by the court titled, ‘Six Indicted in International Scheme to Defraud Qatari School Founder and then Launder over $1 Million in Illicit Proceeds’.
Kyari, in a post on his Facebook page, explained that the N300,000 sent by the suspected international fraudster was for clothes and caps.
He also clarified that the money was sent to the cloth seller’s account and not his own.
He posted, “Friends: Abbas who we later came to know as Hushpuppi called our office about two years ago that somebody in Nigeria seriously threatened to kill his family here in Nigeria and he sent the person’s phone number and pleaded we take action before the person attacks his family
In a statement published via his verified Facebook page hours later, Kyari said Hushpuppi called his office some two years ago and reported a death threat from someone
The cop said the suspect, who was later identified as Vincent, was arrested but released after investigations revealed that “they are long time friends who have money issues between them
Hushpuppi and the five others allegedly defrauded the victim of more than $1.1m and laundered the proceeds of the fraud in several ways, the document note
Approximately $230,000 of the stolen funds allegedly were used to purchase a Richard Mille RM11-03 watch, which was hand-delivered to Abbas in Dubai and subsequently appeared in Hushpuppi’s social media posts.”d.”..
Continuing, the court document states that, “Court documents outline a dispute among members of the conspiracy, which allegedly prompted Vincent to contact the victim and claim that Abbas [Hushpuppi] and Juma were engaged in fraud. After this contact, Abbas allegedly arranged to have Vincent jailed in Nigeria by Abba Alhaji Kyari, 46, of Nigeria.
“According to the affidavit, Kyari is a highly decorated deputy commissioner of the Nigeria Police Force who is alleged to have arranged for Vincent to be arrested and jailed at Abbas’ behest, and then sent Abbas photographs of Vincent after his arrest. Kyari also allegedly sent Abbas bank account details for an account into which Abbas could deposit payment for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment.”
Meanwhile, Anifowoshe, Fashola and Agbabiaka were arrested in New York and New Jersey on July 22, 2021, and are expected to be arraigned in Los Angeles in August 2021.
In a plea agreement document sighted by The PUNCH on Wednesday, Hushpuppi pleaded guilty as charged.
The document was signed by Hushpuppi; his lawyer, Loius Shapiro; and Acting United States Attorney, Tracy Wilkison, among others.
It stated that Hushpuppi risks “20 years’ imprisonment; a three-year period of supervised release; a fine of $500,000 or twice the gross gain or gross loss resulting from the offence.”
The document, however, did not mention the date of the plea hearingThe PUNCH had earlier reported that the 37-year-old was arrested in Dubai in June 2020 alongside 12 associates.
The Dubai Police said it discovered that fraud amounting to 1.6 billion Dirham (N168 billion) had been committed by the gan
No fewer than 1,926,400 people from different parts of the world were also said to have fallen victim to the suspect
According to the police, 13 luxury cars estimated at 35 million Dirham (N3.7bn) were recovered from the house where they were arreste
The Dubai Police later handed Hushpuppi and others over to the FBI in the US and they had since been arraigned on charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering, among other
Hushpuppi is known to have flaunted his luxury lifestyle appearing in private jets with exotic wines and expensive watches adorning his wrist. His social media handles were replete with photos of his ostentatious lifestyle before his arrest.